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Prof O'Connell at the helm of Royal St. George yacht ISORA yacht Aurelia
Dun Laoghaire's Royal St. George Yacht Club host an ‘Upwind Boatspeed’ talk with ‘Prof’ Maurice O’Connell, tomorrow, Saturday 2nd March, at 12:00 pm.  O'Connell of North Sails Ireland will utilise North’s advanced sail trim simulator in his talk.  Irish Buffet Breakfast…
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North Sails Ireland Bringing Upwind Trim Seminar Up North To East Antrim Boat Club
Hosted by East Antrim Boat Club as part of their hugely successful Mid-Week Sessions programme of illustrated talks, the ‘Prof’ Maurice O’Connell himself will be on stage from 7.30pm next Wednesday 6 March to present North Sails Ireland’s popular upwind…
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Birger Hansen with the restored hull of the first X-79 ready for paining
In the early summer of 2018, Birger Hansen and Lars Jeppesen of X-Yachts picked up the very first model of the company’s debut boat, the X-79, from Jersey in the Channel Islands. The boat — one of around only 500…
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Maurice "Prof" O'Connell at the North Sails talk in Howth
North Sails Ireland had the pleasure of presenting their latest sail trim seminar at Howth YC last night for its members and guests writes Nigel Young. I counted over seventy people in the audience and my colleague Maurice "Prof" O'Connell…
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More Details Emerge Of New X40 Cruising Yacht
More details have emerged of X-Yachts’ new X40 cruising yacht which was announced earlier this month. The pre-launch brochure includes renderings of almost all options available for the new 40-foot performance cruiser yacht, both above and below deck, ahead of…
Paul and Marie-Claude Heys
Hamble-based yacht sales business Key Yachting Ltd has announced the sad news that Paul Heys, co-founder and Managing Director, has died. Heys was holidaying in the Caribbean with his wife Marie-Claude and got into difficulty while swimming on Monday morning, according…
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When you are maneuvering during the pre-start make sure your inhaulers are fully off. Inhaulers are a great tool for improved trim, but only when sailing fully upwind. Read down for more tips on headsail trim
The headsail trimmer is a crucial member of a boat’s “speed loop” along with the mainsheet trimmer and the helm. But often headsail trim is overlooked and is reduced to “pull it in and hike” mentality. Without good headsail trim,…
Appeal For Wetsuit To Help Rehabilitate Young Woman With Brain Injury
The family of a young woman with a brain injury are seeking a specialised wetsuit to continue her water therapy, as BreakingNews.ie reports. Aisling Brady (28) from Trim, Co Meath was working as a teacher in Dubai when she experienced…
Toppers ready to go afloat at the NYC
The Viking Marine sponsored Topper Winter Regatta at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire attracted a record turnout for a four-race, one discard event. As Afloat.ie previously reported, sailors attended from across Ireland.  In the 43-boat Topper Full rig class, Royal…
Seán Waddilove (right) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and 49erFX partner Robert Dickson at Howth Yacht Club in December
Joint Irish Sailor of the Year for 218, Seán Waddilove, will be part of a panel discussion this Thursday afternoon (28 February) with the men and women of elite sport at TU Dublin who are busy preparing for qualification bids for…
Map of the Old Salmon Weir on the Shannon where the incident occurred
RTÉ News reports that a 12-year-old girl was hospitalised after an incident on the River Shannon in Limerick city yesterday morning (Saturday 23 February). It’s understood that she was one of four girls on a boat that overturned in the…
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The North Sails Ireland team on the water at Howth last season. Next Tuesday, the NSI team of Nigel Young, Shane Hughes and Prof O'Connell will demonstrate the theory and practice of upwind sail trim and how to optimise your set-up
North Sails Ireland will bring their "Upwind Sail Trim And Escaping From The Start" to Howth Yacht Club next Tuesday on Feb 26th. Using "North U" Sail Trim simulation software and supporting video, the full North Sails team of Nigel Young, Shane…
Anne Taylor of Belfast Lough Sailability
#Sailability - Anne Taylor of Belfast Lough Sailability was one of three winners of this year’s Exceptional Contribution Awards in the RYA Sailability Annual Awards last weekend. Held at the Sailability National Conference and Awards dinner at Wyboston Lakes on Saturday…
Investment In Blue Innovation Driving Ireland’s Marine Sector: Marine Institute
Robotics, Internet of Things and data analytics are set to play a key role in Ireland's blue economy, according to the Marine Institute. The national funding agency for the marine research industry recently awarded financial investments in two marine technology…
Silhouette Swimmer - Photographer Michael Chester's winning photo in the PPAI Sports Features category
Dun Laoghaire-based photographer Michael Chester, an Afloat.ie contributor, won first place in the “Sports Features” category at the Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) awards last Friday night. The Judges said Chester's photograph of a swimmer showering down after completing the River Liffey…
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Finn Lynch in training on Dublin Bay
Viking Marine, the leading Chandlery and ‘go to’ for all things sailing in Dun Laoghaire have just announced Olympic sailor Finn Lynch as Brand Ambassador. Just home from a great campaign in Miami this month, Finn was back in action training…

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